The Rip Tide

Beirut - The Rip Tide
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2011 Ratings: #247 / 965
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2011 Ratings: #134
Liked by 1 person
August 30, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pompeii / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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It is a rare album that can cause a genuine swirl of emotions, sometimes within the same moment, but in the heat of August, The Rip Tide demands to be celebrated.


This is the most consistently impressive Beirut record yet.

Drowned in Sound

The Rip Tide is neither a sandblasted version of Beirut, nor the band at their most idiosyncratic.


It's impressive that within five years and at such a young age, Condon's developed so quickly as an arranger and songwriter.

LasagnaZissou Review #95

An honest to god solid Indie Folk album. As someone who usually finds these hit or miss or just pretentiously indie, this album strikes the right notes. Since this leans on a lot of brass instrumentation, it makes it consistently fun to listen to and reminds of this little obscure underground album you've probably never heard of called "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea". It's practically unknown so don't feel bad if you're unaware of its existence. Anyways yeah ... read more
For me, this is the album where Zach Condon finally fulfilled the potential i first heard on "The Gulag Orkestar". From start to finish, the record just feels right. It mixes all the components of the Beiruts previous work, and the album plays and sounds as a sort of " Best Of Beirut" album, but with all new material.
#1 A Candle's Fire / #3 East Harlem
#7 Vagabond / #9 Port of Call
A step in a much more pop-centric direction that really came out in the following release.
Not much you haven't heard from Beirut already here, but if it's a replication of the sounds of his past works, it's a very successful replication. Most of these songs are nice additions to the Beirut catalog, and it's an easy, pleasant listen -- in a good way. A slightly more ambient sonic environment lends a bit of extra intrigue.
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Track List

  1. A Candle's Fire 
  2. Santa Fe 
  3. East Harlem 
  4. Goshen 
  5. Payne's Bay
  6. The Rip Tide 
  7. Vagabond 
  8. The Peacock 
  9. Port of Call
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Added on: June 7, 2011